Trinity is not doing enough to commemorate its female students and academics

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“To the left of the Campanile in Front Square sits a statue of a man whose reputation is founded almost entirely upon one sexist comment that he may or may not have actually made …” (more)

[Eleanor Jones-McAuley, Trinity News, 16 March]

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Must Rhodes fall?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

“Buildings and statues dedicated to people whose views clash with modern values can cause difficulties, but is tearing down history the answer? …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 15 December]

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A Campus in Crisis: UCD’s ‘Gentle Revolution’

Posted in Research on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In the 1960s, Ireland was a country caught in the crossfire between remaining in its traditional ways or pursuing a new modern, radical image. It was a time when a national desire for change and progression had never been greater …” (more)

[Amy Gargan, University Observer, 11 November]

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Popular documentary series to explore construction of city canals and NUI Galway

Posted in Research on November 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A popular documentary series is to explore the 19th century decisions to construct a canal system and locate a major university in Galway City.Works on the Eglinton Canal began in 1848 to further develop Galway as a commercial centre – while NUI Galway was founded as Queens College in 1849 …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 3 November]

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Queen’s University graduates reveal why they snubbed vice chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“Students have spoken of the moment they publicly snubbed the head of Queen’s University Belfast during their graduation ceremony. Several history and anthropology graduates refused to shake Patrick Johnston’s hand and others gave him a campaign flyer …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 7 July]

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History students snub Queen’s University vice chancellor Patrick Johnston at graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2016 by steve

UK“History students used their graduation ceremony to snub the head of Queen’s University after his controversial claim that ‘society doesn’t need a 21-year-old that’s a sixth century historian’ …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 6 July]

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Why Society Needs Historians

Posted in Research on June 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“… Johnston, it must be remembered, was an oncologist before going into university leadership, so he’s one of the Good Guys. He deserves our respect. But this doesn’t stop this being stupid, philistine, nonsense …” (more)

[Jonathan Healey, The Social Historian, 4 June]

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Trinity College Dublin: A bulwark of Empire at the centre of the 1916 Rising

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on January 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In the aftermath of the Rising, Major G A Harris, Adjutant of the Dublin University Officers’ Training Corps (OTC), was tasked with writing a report for the military authorities on the defence of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) during the period April 24 to May 6, 1916 …” (more)

[Ellen O’Flaherty, Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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The Provosts of Trinity College Dublin: 335 years of the good, bad and indifferent

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I but it was not until 1845 that the first history of it was published, by WBS Taylor. Nine histories later we have much information on the Provosts who headed the college over the years …” (more)

[Peter Boyle, Irish Times, 5 January]

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You’re wrong, Minister – history is strong at UL

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In an interview with the Limerick Leader recently, Minister Michael Noonan got on to the subject of history, stating: ‘Limerick University [sic!] has a strong economics department, but it doesn’t have a strong history department’ …” (more)

[Anthony McElligott, Limerick Leader, 29 December]

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Noonan sparks fury over ‘damaging’ comments on University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been accused of ‘damaging the reputation’ of the University of Limerick after saying it does not have a strong history department …” (more)

[The Michael Noonan interview is here]
[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 19 December]

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During the Rising, Students Rushed to Exams in a University that Remained Puzzlingly Safe

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As we all know, students tend to be a rebellious lot. There’s nothing we love more than sinking our teeth into a good cause. With the centenary of the 1916 Rising fast approaching, it leads one to think about Trinity’s involvement in this momentous occasion. To what extent did Trinity students get involved? …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 16 November]

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Philosophy in UCD

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2015 by steve

IrelandWhat kind of a place was UCD then to do philosophy in? It was actually quite good. It was mixed. All of the professors and many of the staff were priests. The philosophy course had been designed, really, as the undergraduate course for students from Clonliffe who were going to be trained as priests, so it was not particularly scholarly and it was very authoritarian. There was a very public UCD student revolt in 1968/69 and one chapter focused on the department of metaphysics …” (more)

[Attracta Ingram and Clara Fischer, Dublin Review of Books, November]

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Éamon de Valera nearly became UCC professor before the Easter Rising

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The shape of modern Ireland could have been very different if Éamon de Valera had not been pipped in his little-known application for a maths professorship at University College Cork three years before the Easter Rising …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 October]

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The debate in History over early careers

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“In July I attended a conference at Birmingham University on Rethinking Modern British Studies. Having submitted my thesis the week before, I had not been plugged in enough to actually read the conference materials …” (more)

[Fighting Against Casualisation in Education, 3 September]

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Trinity archives reveal reality of 1916

Posted in Life on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The GPO a hollow shell, Eden Quay in rubble – and a wary look in the eyes of British soldiers stationed at Trinity College. Rare photographs documenting the havoc wreaked on Dublin city centre in Easter 1916 have been showcased by Trinity Library …” (more)

[Independent, 29 July]

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Motion: Junior Cycle Reform and History

Posted in Teaching on June 18th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMarie Louise O’Donnell (Independent): I move: That Seanad Éireann notes that we are currently in the midst of a decade of commemoration of the historical events that led to the foundation of the State; further notes that, while the State is articulating the value and premium it places on a younger generation being knowledgeable about that history, they are at the same time carving up history as a core/compulsory subject for the Junior Cycle; and calls on the Minister for Education and Skills to outline what plans she has in place to maintain history as a core/compulsory subject for the Junior Cycle …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 17 June]

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History teachers criticise union stance on junior cycle subjects

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The unions of secondary teacher have been criticised by some of their own members for singling out the protection of civic, social and political education (CSPE) in negotiations over junior-cycle reform …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 May]

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History and the junior cycle

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I’m delighted to see Diarmaid Ferriter’s support for the education elements of the Ireland 2016 programme (‘Failure to reverse Junior Cycle history plan is inexcusable’, Opinion & Analysis, April 4th). However, Prof Ferriter is wide of the mark in his claims about history at junior cycle level …” (more)

[Jan O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 9 April]

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UCD students’ union marks 40th anniversary

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students today are accused of lacking the radicalism of their predecessors but, according to Diarmuid Coogan, who lent his name to one of the most famous student protests of the past 40 years, this is based on nostalgia …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 March]

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